Keyboard Percussion Symposium

June 11–June 15, 2018

The UNT Keyboard Percussion Symposium is a five-day seminar designed to serve high school, college and professional level keyboard percussionists. Activities include private and group lessons with world class instructors, master classes, clinics, student and faculty performances, and technique labs focused on all aspects of keyboard percussion performance including grip methods (Traditional, Stevens, Burton and Six-Mallet grip) and extended performance technique. High school participants will play in keyboard percussion ensembles directed by Symposium faculty.

The Keyboard Percussion Symposium also includes a special jazz vibraphone track in which students will have lessons and master classes on improvisation and vibraphone technique with jazz vibraphone virtuoso Ed Smith (UNT and SMU Percussion faculty member). In addition, students who choose this jazz track will also attend the non-jazz KPS master classes, clinics and performances presented by the entire KPS faculty throughout the week.

2018 Faculty includes:

  • Christopher Deane – KPS Co Director – UNT College of Music
  • Dr. Brian Zator – KPS Co Director – Texas A+M University, Commerce
  • Michael Burritt - Eastman School of Music
  • Ji Hye Jung – Vanderbuilt University
  • Sandi Rennick – Santa Clara Vanguard, UNT Alumni
  • Ed Smith – (Jazz Vibraphone track) UNT College of Music, SMU Faculty

Eligible Participants

This symposium offers three tracks of study:  1. High school 2. College age and above 3. Jazz vibraphone intensive


Each participant is expected to have a minimum of two solo works or etudes in progress to use in lessons, master classes, and possible performances.


There will be no late registration for the symposium this year.

Please note that registration for UNT camps will be available after February 1st, 2018

Click here to register (after Feb 1): Program Group: Percussion

The last day of registration for the Keyboard Percussion Symposium is June 3rd, 2018.

All payments will be made by credit card in 2018.

  • $815 – Resident, includes tuition, meals, room, and t-shirt
  • $575 – Commuter, includes tuition and t-shirt
  • $95 – Optional Commuter meal card (does not include breakfast)
  • $45 – Early arrival, includes room for night of June 10th (Includes a pizza dinner but does NOT include breakfast on the morning of June 11th) Early arrival check-in time will be after 3:00 p.m. on June 10th. Contact Symposium director Christopher Deane with any questions regarding early arrival arrangements.
  • $45 – Late departure fee. includes a room for the night of June 15th. No meal is included for either the evening of the 15th or the morning of the 16th.

Cancellations by participants must be made on or before June 1st to receive a refund of your monies, minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after June 1, 2018.


The symposium will provide instruments for participants to use for practice and performances while at UNT.   You will need to bring your own mallets and your solo music.

On-Site Check-In Instructions

Check in begins at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of June 11th.

Starting at 8:00 a.m. – You can go to your dorm and check in with the desk clerk.  Put your personal items in your room or where instructed by the dorm staff, then come directly to the Music Building Commons area.

8:00-9:00 a.m. – Check in at the registration table in Music Building Commons area which is located on the first floor.  Once you have checked in you can either go back to your dorm and set up your room or wait in the Music Building Commons Area until the General Meeting.

9:00 a.m. – General Meeting in Music Building Room 142, Percussion Rehearsal Room.

Example Schedule

Click here for an example schedule from 2015

Additional Information

1.  Commuters need to arrive at the music building at 9:00 a.m. each day.  The symposium ends at 9:30 p.m. each evening, and commuters should be picked up at the Main Music Building.

2.  Parking on Campus:  Everyone must purchase a Camp Permit from the front desk of the dorm to park on campus. Camp Permits will be $6 and can be purchased from the McConnell front desk. Commuters my park their cars in the “R” lot across the street from McConnell Hall during the day. Resident participants who bring cars to campus can also park in this “R” lot.  Do NOT park in the “A” lots directly in front of Bruce Hall.  Residents under 18 years of age are not allowed to use their cars while on campus for the symposium.

3.  Airport Shuttle Service to UNT will be available for participants. Please contact Christopher Deane in advance for more information.

4.  Dorms:  Participants under 18 years of age will be staying in Crumley Hall dormitory in double occupancy rooms with suite style bathrooms.  Symposium counselors will stay on their floors and conduct room checks each evening.  Participants over 18 will reside in Crumley Hall dormitory on a different floor.  These are single occupancy rooms.  If the dormitory changes, you will be contacted via email.

5.  Dining will be in Bruce Hall cafeteria for all participants with meal cards.  Meals will be provided as follows:

  • 6/11/2018 – Lunch & Dinner
  • 6/12-6/14 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 6/15/2018 – Breakfast & Lunch. 

Early Arrivals and Late Departures are responsible for their own meals.  There are sandwich and pizza shops that will deliver to the dorms.  The desk personnel can assist you with that information.  Bruce Hall Cafeteria will be open so Early Arrivals and Late Departures can pay walk-in prices (approximately $7.50) to eat if they would prefer. 

6.  Things to bring:  Residents need to bring their own twin bed linens, pillows and towels.  Bring comfortable clothing and performance attire (black shirt/pants or black dress). You will need to bring your own mallets and your solo music.  You may want to bring extra money for purchasing music, mallets, vending machines, etc.

7.  Phone Numbers:  Dorms do not have telephones in the rooms.  Participants may bring their cell phones, but they must be turned off during symposium hours. 

  • General messages may be left at 940-565-3714.
  • For emergencies contact the symposium director, Christopher Deane at 940-453-4629.

Contact Us

Christopher Deane